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Living with Alopecia: Alopecia areata doesn’t change who you are – Adwowa tells her story

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A campaign to increase public awareness of Alopecia areata on social media has been started by Ms Adwowa A. K. Obeng, a beautiful young lady who has been leaving with the condition for 22 years now.

On her 30th birthday today December 11, 2019, she aims to use this campaign to help bring attention and understanding to Alopecia areata.

In an interview with elsieopinari.com, Ms Obeng educates the public on the condition by describing it as “an autoimmune disorder that causes hair to fall out. The condition develops when the immune system attacks the hair follicles,” she said.

According to her, there is no known cause for Alopecia Areata however; stress has been known to be associated with the condition.

“Currently, there is no cure for Alopecia but there are treatments one can discuss with their doctor to help restore hair growth,” she said.

Ms Obeng mentioned Alopecia areata; Alopecia Totalis and Alopecia Universalis as the three common types of Alopecia.

This, she explained the Alopecia areata as the falling off hair in small quantities or batches whiles Alopecia Totalis; is the condition that makes one loses all the hair on the head with Alopecia Universalis being the one which makes the individual losses all hair on the body.

She told elsieopinari.com that each case of alopecia areata is different indicating that sometimes, hair grows back but falls out again later adding that; “In others, hair grows back for good.”

Touching on how she has lived with the condition, Ms Obeng narrated that she has had supportive family and friends since the start of the condition as a ringworm with no stigmatization from the family, however, she recounting some primary school behaviours churned towards her by her mates made her sad along the line but for the love and support of her family and friends, she has been able to sail through till now as a professional teacher and a baker.

She has advised the public to accept people with the condition and know that Alopecia Areata is not contagious even though it affects everyone irrespective of age or gender.

She has also called for an intensive early education on the condition at all levels “Today am embarking on this campaign to bring knowledge about the condition to our doorsteps, however, a collective approach to broaden individual’s knowledge on the condition will save lives earlier tomorrow,” she advised.

The National Alopecia Areata Foundation sponsors a month-long awareness campaign every September in local communities nationwide to bring attention and increase understanding of the disease.

Alopecia areata affects nearly seven million people across the United States and around two in every 1,000 people in the United Kingdom.

It is not related to the more common male-pattern hair loss that is thought to be driven by hormones.

Scientists say as the mechanisms behind this condition are different, the therapy is less likely to prove effective for this more common problem.

From elsieopinari.com, we wish Ms Adwowa Atta Kakra Obeng a happy birthday, a fulfilled life and encourage her to be confident in breaking the glass ceiling with nothing being a hindrance to her.

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